By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Champlin Park High School soccer coach Rebecca Lee Noonan, 31, has been charged in Anoka County District Court with two counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a 13-year-old Ramsey boy.
According to the report issued by the Anoka County Court, Noonan, a Minneapolis resident, was charged Tuesday, July 14 with criminal sexual conduct in the third degree involving a child and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving non-consensual sexual contact in connection with the case.
She was arrested Monday, July 13 and booked to the Anoka County Jail. She was released the next day on $50,000 bail.
According to the complaint, late last summer when the victim’s mother was away, Noonan, a family friend, allegedly entered the boy’s room, undressed and got into his bed where they engaged in intercourse for several minutes. Afterwards, Noonan told the boy not to tell anyone of their encounter because “she would go to jail for a lengthy period of time.” He later told his siblings about the encounter and asked that they not share the information, according to the complaint. Upon investigation, the juvenile’s siblings confirmed that he had told them of the incident and the boy’s mother confirmed that the boy had been alone at that time.
If Noonan is convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines on the third-degree charge and up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines on the fifth-degree charge. In the state of Minnesota third degree criminal sexual conduct involves sexual touching or intercourse with a minor. Fifth degree pertains to non-consensual sexual contact with any person.
“It is a more unusual case in that the defendant is an adult woman and the victim is a juvenile boy; the overwhelming majority are the other way around,” said Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo. “It’s a situation that we take very seriously.”
Palumbo added that the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating.
The Anoka-Hennepin School District is also aware of the allegations and said they are launching an internal investigation.
“We need to investigate and make an informed decision,” said Jim Skelly, Anoka-Hennepin’s Director of Communication. “There are still some unknowns in the case.”
Skelly added that Noonan has been with the school district since 2007. According to Skelly, the Champlin Park girls soccer team will begin practice next month as planned though it will be run by the assistant coaches.
The district has not made a decision regarding Noonan’s future employment, however, the Minnesota State High School League does not list Rebecca Noonan as a coach.
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